Nov 18, 2012 8:00am EST
. >>> some of the top stories we're following, president obama launched his three day tour of asia with a stop in bangkok. the president and prime minister held a news conference in the last hour. there will be an official dinner. the president will visit cambodia and myanmar. >>> the new express lanes on the beltway in virginia opened yesterday. if you are by yourself in the car, you'll have to pay a toll by e-zpass. if you have a carpool, you can ride for free if you have the flex e-zpass. generally a toll is between three and sixdollars. hopefully the weather is good, because we don't need rato complicate things people trying to navigate the new lanes. >> rain-free, so that will be good news. everybody geared up for thursday. we'll get to that forecast as well. let's begin with a look outside. skies not too bad. a few clouds starting to roll in. will become mostly cloudy during the course of the day. this is a shot from silver spring, people getting out for a nice fresh walk this morning, or going to morning services, or just enjoying the morning as they might have the day off.
Nov 18, 2012 6:00am PST
as burma and cambodia and he heads there in about 12 hours after he overnight here in bangkok. >> all right, chuck todd, thank you. david gregory is moderator of "meet the press." good to see you. president obama has not really inserted himself in the mideast peace process to the extent that his predecessors have. given this current explosion of violence with hamas, given the changes in the arab world we've seen over the last two years, will he have to become more involved? >> i think he probably will. and whether he pursues what a lot of presidents pursue in its second term and that is mideast peace between israelis and palestinians, i think is an open question based on conditions on the ground. and what we're seeing now is part of that. is there a reasonable basis to begin those negotiations? right now he's got perhaps an even more difficult job, which is to make sure countries like egypt don't throw their weight behind hamas against israel, that egypt acts as a kind of restraining partner, which is what it's typically done with militants in the area, and that's why the president's conver
Nov 18, 2012 3:00am PST
, this is the first stop of a three-nation trip built around the east asian summit in cambodia. the showcase the stop in burma, the next stop, mr. obama will be the first president to visit. the pivot to the asian pacific region and after focusing on the war against terror, we've lost focus on trade in this region and china it make strategic and diplomatic advances here in this region. and there are critics who say he really shouldn't be visiting any of the three countries that he's going to, mike green of the center for strategic and international studies says he's visiting the three troubled children of the so-called pivot. burma gets the most attention, and the president will the first u.s. president to visit there and the country holding hundreds of political prisoners, but the president says he's not an endorsement, not endorsing the burmese government he's acknowledging the process is underway to move in a better direction. like wise cambodia may be worse in human rights than burma and holding hundreds of political prisoners and that situation actually getting worse the past decade or so, but t